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Statue of Lamgi-Mari, 1789-1759 BCE

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The statue of Lamgi-Mari was discovered on Jan. 23, 1934 by Andre Parrot at Mari. The sculpture is carved in stone and contains an inscription in cuneiform- “I am Lamgi-Mari… king … of Man… the great … Issakkv … who worships his statue… of Ishtar.”

The statue shows a commanding broad-shouldered figure upon its base. But the face lacks that incredible arrogance which is so typical of the portraits of other conquerors from the ancient East, the Assyrians, who without exception look fierce and bad-tempered. The king of Mari is smiling. He carries no weapons, his hands are folded in an attitude of worship. His robe, which leaves one shoulder bare, like a toga, is richly decorated with fringes.

Werner Keller. The Bible as History. Bantam Books. New York. 1982. p.42-43.

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